Definition of panther in English:

panther

noun

  • 1A leopard, especially a black one.

    • ‘Thus, you get the flora and fauna of both - tigers, panthers, wild boar and pythons tread the same tracks as reindeer, wolves and sables.’
    • ‘On the page was a drawing of a large black cat, presumably a panther.’
    • ‘Using bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions in circuses is not only cruel, but also in violation of a 1998 Central Government notification, which was upheld in May 2001 by the Supreme Court.’
    • ‘It covered four million acres with some of the purest water in the world and was home to more than 40 indigenous plants and 300 species of birds, plus black bears, panthers, and gray foxes.’
    • ‘Nocturnal animals like panthers, owls, porcupines, snakes, lizards, night czars, deer, etc., inhabit the region.’
    • ‘The Himalayan region is home to elephant, deer, panther, wild ass, buffalo and snow leopards.’
    • ‘Two-thirds of the sightings involved large black animals resembling melanistic leopards, also known as panthers.’
    • ‘The Tirupati zoo has six panthers, four lionesses, three tigers and also two white tigers for public viewing.’
    • ‘MANY WILDLIFE enthusiasts trek into the rainforest in the western ghats to spot elephants tigers, panthers and a variety of birds.’
    • ‘At Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park in Tirupati, lions and panthers sauntered in their enclosures in search of a cool shade while elephants basked for most part of the day in little ponds.’
    1. 1.1North American A cougar.
      • ‘The loss of Cypress, a female Florida panther, made news because of the rarity of the species.’
      • ‘I have a treasure chest of fond memories burned into my brain, like the time in 1982 when I spotted a female Florida panther walking down a levy in the Big Cypress Swamp of south Florida.’
      • ‘Another animal backed into a corner of its ancestral range and feeling the pressures of climate change is the endangered Florida panther.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French pantere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panthēr. In Latin, pardus leopard also existed; the two terms led to confusion: until the mid 19th century many taxonomists regarded the panther and the leopard as separate species.

Pronunciation:

panther

/ˈpanTHər/